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Mythical Pokémon Distribution Round-Up, Part 2

One of the coolest aspects of the Pokémon 20th celebration is the opportunity to have some Mythical Pokémon join your team. You may have already received a special Manaphy during June or the rare Shaymin that was available during July. As the Pokémon 20th celebration continues in August, the unbelievably powerful Arceus will be available for a limited time at participating stores.

You'll find that the Mythical Pokémon are very powerful when you receive them, but a dedicated Trainer can get even more out of each of them. Keep reading for some tips to help make your adventure with each of these three Pokémon even more amazing. You can find out more about all of the Mythical Pokémon distribution events at Pokemon.com/20.

But first, here is some important information about an item that is crucial for bringing out the full power of these Pokémon that you may remember from our first article.

You Still Need a Little Heart

The Mythical Pokémon distributed as part of the 20th celebration are incredibly rare—so rare that players aren't allowed to use them in the Video Game Championships or most Pokémon Global Link tournaments. Mythical Pokémon are quite powerful in battle, and they can all be a great help in your adventures, too. Regardless of how you plan to train your Pokémon, one of the first things you'll probably want to do is teach them some of your favorite moves.

Each Mythical Pokémon starts out knowing the moves they knew when they first appeared. Plus, they all start at Lv. 100, so they're sure to be helpful as you continue your adventures. Since they are already at the highest level, they can't naturally learn the moves they would normally learn by leveling up. Don't worry—you can still teach them the moves they've could have known at any stage of their training. If you find a Heart Scale, you can bring it to the Pokémon Move Maniac in Fallarbor Town in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, or Madam Reminder in Dendemille Town in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, to learn the moves these Pokémon could have learned while leveling up. Each of these Pokémon can learn some really uncommon moves, so it's worth the effort to help them remember!

Brighten Battles with Manaphy

ManaphyManaphy has the same stat distribution as most other Mythical Pokémon, with its stats being equal across the board. But Manaphy functions very differently in battle than other Mythical Pokémon due to a couple of interesting tricks. It's one of the few Pokémon that can learn the move Tail Glow, which increases its Sp. Atk by 3. Manaphy's Ability, Hydration, allows it to instantly recover from any status condition while rain or heavy rain is falling on the field. Hydration is a little too niche to base a strategy around, but if you're using Rain Dance or another Pokémon's Drizzle Ability as part of your team, consider teaching Manaphy Rest. Hydration will remove the Sleep status condition at the end of the turn as long as the rain weather condition is in effect, allowing Manaphy to restore all of its health in a single turn without wasting turns in dreamland.

If you're looking to make the most of Manaphy's unique strengths, you'll probably want to base your strategy around the special Tail Glow move it'll know when you receive it. Increasing Manaphy's Sp. Atk by 3 in a single turn with Tail Glow allows Manaphy to quickly dish out massive damage. You'll get the best performance from a Manaphy that has a Timid Nature and training in Speed and Sp. Atk to help it attack quickly after using Tail Glow, but these tactics will be effective for any Manaphy.

To take advantage of Tail Glow's Sp. Atk boost, you'll want to teach Manaphy some powerful special attacks. Scald is a powerful and accurate Water-type attack, and since it can also inflict the Burned status condition on its target, teaching Manaphy Scald is usually the best choice. But if you want more power from your Water-type move you could teach Manaphy Hydro Pump instead, or you could teach it Surf to hit both opponents (and your teammate!) in a Double Battle. Most Trainers teach Manaphy Ice Beam so that it can deal more damage to the Dragon-type Pokémon that resist its Water-type attacks. In a Single Battle, you might want to complete Manaphy's move set with Energy Ball to deal more damage to other Water-type Pokémon, but in a Double Battle, you'll probably want Manaphy to be able to defend itself with Protect instead.

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Nintendo Badge Arcade - North American update for July 29th, 2016

- 1 returning set of NES Remix badges (Dr. Mario)

Thanks to AlienboyVA for the heads up!

Niantic CEO on Pokémon GO cheaters, what's next for the game

A portion of a Forbes interview with Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke...

F: How do you feel about the people that are trying to cheat the game? I saw a guy put up a train set around his home for his phone.

JH: Hah! To hatch his eggs? Well that’s kind of cheating, but it’s kind of creative and funny to so I don’t really mind it. He’s only cheating himself. I saw a turntable hack. I saw that one for hatching eggs.

F: What about the guy in New York that said he caught all the available in his area?

JH: Yeah, I saw that. We were speculating on it–is this guy cheating? I’m not sure what the final conclusion was.

F: How do you feel about Poké Radar and things that tap into the code and show where Pokémon are spawning?

JH: Yeah, I don’t really like that. Not a fan.

We have priorities right now but they might find in the future that those things may not work. People are only hurting themselves because it takes some fun out of the game. People are hacking around trying to take data out of our system and that’s against our terms of service.

F: So everybody is wondering: What do you add to the game later that brings people back if you start to see numbers drop?

JH: Well there are a number of threads that you will start to see. You will see new Pokémon come into the game around special events at certain times in certain parts of the world. You’ll see us do some things around events. We initially thought that we would organize events ourselves like we did for Ingress. We’ll see if we do or not. There are a lot of self-organizing events that are happening and maybe we just support those. There are some things that we do in game with the gameplay to make the events more interesting.

Some of this, it’s not like we’re withholding our secret plan from you. We intend to iterate and work on these specs right up until the moment it ships. Stuff evolves until the last minute. Like with Ingress if you attend one of our events, you get an in-game medal that shows up in your profile… It’s an achievement like the achievement you get for walking 1,000 kilometers.

We have achievements in Pokémon. So we could have medals around events in Pokémon. I’m not sure yet.

Russians fear Pokémon GO a Western plot to destabilize nation from within

Coming from Franz Klintsevich, a senior Russian security official...

“There is a feeling that the devil came through this mechanism and is simply trying to destroy us spiritually from within. This could lead all the way to revolution."

Coming from Aleksander Mikhailov, a retired major general of the Federal Security Service...

“Imagine that the little beast in question doesn’t appear in some park but at a secret site where a conscript or other soldier takes and photographs it with his camera. It’s recruitment by one’s own personal desire and without any coercion. This is the ideal way for secret services to gather information.”

Coming from Communist Party lawmaker Denis Voronenkov...

“Users of mobile devices with this game installed on it could become unsuspecting accomplices in terrorist acts."

Coming from Andrei Polyakov, leader of the Irbis Orthodox Union of Cossacks...

“We need to drag people out of the virtual world. It all smacks of Satanism."

We haven't seen this kind of Pokemon histeria and paranoia since the series first came on the scene all those years ago. Remember when people were making up all kinds of crazy ideas about how Pokemon was teaching satanism and was the downfall of society? Turns out all those silly claims are wrong, but now we have a new batch to suffer through. Best part about all of this insanity? Pokémon GO hasn't even received an official release in Russia yet.

Soul Saga dev blog update - dev status, music and more

The current state of development is in a great spot. I keep spending time adding more bulk and polish to Soul Saga’s main and side content, and I really want to squeeze as much in there for you as feasibly possible. As such, this last 10% is really feeling impossible to estimate exactly. It could take a few more months to get it all in the way I intend it to be. My goal for Soul Saga has always been to give you the best game I possibly can, so I’m going to keep pushing forward and keep you posted on where it’s all at next month! In the meantime, let’s go over some things I accomplished this past month.

Full update here (thanks Matt!)

Merchoid PR - NEW ZELDA ‘DRESS OF THE WILD’ RELEASED



Birmingham, UK, July 29th 2016 – Merchoid.com, the online Videogame merchandise retailer has announced the release of a brand new officially licensed Zelda dress, inspired by Link’s iconic costume. The dress, dubbed ‘Dress of the Wild’ comes in one colour (Link green) – and has printed straps on the front and back, and a Hylian Crest on the upper right chest. It’s available in sizes from S to XXL. The ‘Dress of the Wild’ is available to preorder now from from Merchoid.com for £30.99/€39,99/$36.99 and is released in September (all prices include free worldwide shipping).

Merchoid’s Community Manager Jessica Adams comments “We’re so excited for Nintendo’s new console and the upcoming Zelda game; the Dress of the Wild is a small sample of what we have coming in the next few months.” The Dress of the Wild isn’t the first of Merchoid’s merchandise aimed at female Zelda fans; the merchandise company has previously released a Zelda Cosplay Hoodie and a Zelda Nightwear Set, both aimed at women.

Jessica continues “Imagine if Zelda were a girl – this is exactly what she’d wear!” before hastily adding “Of course, I’m kidding. Please don’t send me hate mail.” The Zelda Dress of the Wild is produced under official license from Nintendo.

Key product points:

Zelda Dress of the Wild is based on Link’s iconic costume
Available in ‘Link green’
Printed buckles and Hylian crest
Link to Zelda Dress of the Wild: http://www.merchoid.com/official-legend-of-zelda-merchandise/
Available to preorder from Merchoid.com now for £30.99/€39,99/$36.99; ships September 2016
Officially licensed by Nintendo